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PM Rudd Is in a Hurry to Say Sorry - Australia


World  (tags: australia, kevin rudd, labor, government, aborigines, sorry, apology, stolen generation )

Chrissy
- 4192 days ago - news.com.au
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd is racing to finalise a full-blown apology to Aboriginal people for the opening of Parliament. In what would be a first, local Ngunnawal elders may also "welcome" the new Parliament to their traditional lands when federal MPs ret



   

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. (0)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 11:09 pm
About time too!! English have done wrong, when they first came! And first governments did wrong, Australians have raped Aboriginals, physically, emotionally, in every way! And it is about time that the whole nation says sorry to aboriginals. It would so help the healing, to acknowleadge the wrongs done!
But what was done, back then to black humans, is still being done today to australian wildlife! Their homes are being ripped away from them,their food cut down, Just look what the australien Government allows to happen to Kangaroos. The cruelest hunts you could imagen. Look it up and stop buying anything made with Kangaroo, Please.
 

Jeffrey N (10)
Monday January 28, 2008, 12:35 am
Long overdue, Glad to see a prime minister has the gumption to say sorry, a little word and a start of acknowledgment as to the suffering, but we still have a long way to go, but its a good start
 

. (0)
Monday January 28, 2008, 10:29 am
Happily noted with thanks, Chrissy.
 

. (0)
Saturday February 9, 2008, 2:13 am
What about americans, should they say sorry what they have done to the Indians?
 

Chrissy N (118)
Saturday February 9, 2008, 4:08 am
YES. All indigenous peoples that have been wronged by settling peoples should have an apology extended to them. This apology is particular to the Stolen Generations and for those that think that there really wasn't a wrong done, put the foot on the other shoe. Imagine if any white woman who had had a 1/2 caste baby ... or a White baby for that matter .. had HER baby removed from her and placed with a different "race" and brought up with 'their' religion! Could you imagine the OUTCRY! But because it's the other way around ... with a 'race" that wasn't allowed the vote until 1968 and weren't recognised as citizens in the census until 1971!

"From the 1940s State governments decided to give citizenship rights to some Aboriginal people under certain conditions. They had to promise to give up their traditional ways, to keep away from other Aboriginal people, to live a European lifestyle and to keep out of trouble. Certificates were then issued which allowed them to vote, to go into hotels, allowed their children to go to school, and removed them from the restrictions of State protection laws. Legally these certificates meant that the people who had them were no longer Aboriginal. In Western Australia these were called Citizenship Certificates, in NSW and Queensland they were called Exemption Certificates. These certificates could be suspended or cancelled by a magistrate and there was no right of appeal. Many Aboriginal people resented these certificates and called them "dog licences" or "dog tags". Of the 14,000 Aboriginal people eligible in NSW only 1,500 chose to apply."

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